Preparing to launch their self-titled debut album on the unsuspecting world is Alberta Canada's Edge of Attack. This metal band boasts to female players, one on lead vocals (you probably suspected that), and the other on bass. Their chosen genre is basically classic melodic power metal with some thrash elements and modern nuances. Read: death, sometimes hardcore, vocals provided by one of the male players, and this is likely the album's only flaw.
Listening to songs like In Hell or the title track, noting the speed, EoA reminded me a little of female-fronted DragonForce, but I don't think they could really keep up with them. Mostly, you have traditional power metal, a galloping rhythm section propels soaring vocals and powerful guitar solos. There's no room for metal ballads here. However, there is room for broader more epic pieces with some symphonic notes like the closing, longer, number Set the World Aflame, which features Norwegian singer Per Fredrik 'Pellek' Asly (Pellek, Damnation Angels). Although he seems out of his element in this heavier power metal arrangement: you barely notice him.
As for those death vocals, they can be simply subtle, like accent, as on Rise Above or The Haunting, or intrusive and distracting as at the end of In Hell. Fundamentally, as usual, they would not have been necessary. Final kudos go to guitarist Jurekk Whipple whose leads are traditional, melodic, and also quite stunning. He's a skilled player. Fundamentally, if you love traditional power metal, with female lead vocals and strong lead guitar, but with the occasional annoying death vocals, you'll dig Edge of Attack. Recommended.
Fundamentally, if you love traditional power metal, with female lead vocals and strong lead guitar, but with the occasional annoying death vocals, you'll dig Edge of Attack.
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